Out-of-favour Bulldogs ruckman Jordan Roughead will consider a possible move away from Whitten Oval at the end of the season as rival clubs begin to enquire about his services.
The 27-year-old is a restricted free agent at the end of this season, but he has put a hold on contract talks with his current club after being dropped to the VFL and only playing five senior games so far this year.
“We have been approached by a number of clubs to gauge where he’s at,” Roughead’s agent Bruce Kaider told AFL.com.au.
“At this point we haven’t entered into any discussions of a serious nature but we understand the nature of the business and it’s getting towards the end of the season.
“Clubs are looking make moves in the free agency space because it’s highly competitive.
“We know at some point in the not too distant future we’re going to have to talk with the Bulldogs about where’s Roughy’s future is and most likely, depending on that conversation, have conversations with other clubs out of respect.”
The ruckman has fallen down the pecking order this season with million-dollar recruit Tom Boyd and 20-year-old Tim English the preferred options, leaving Roughead with uncertainties surrounding his future.
“We haven’t had any dialogue with the Bulldogs for a couple of months,” Kaider said.
“That’s been based around the fact we want Roughy to focus on football and not be distracted by contract discussions, given where he was at from a football perspective.”
Earlier in the year, Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge called for Roughead to get back to form if he wanted to earn himself a contract beyond this year.
“[Roughead] is a free agent at the end of this year, so we’re working with his management at the moment to try and re-sign him because he is definitely a required player,” Beveridge said.
“He’ll need to perform at his best pretty quickly to establish what his future is beyond this year, and I really believe he can.”
The Bulldogs have a number of free agents that they are working on getting locked away with the priorities being cult favourite Tom Liberatore and Luke Dahlhaus.
They also have Mitch Wallis, Dale Morris, Matt Suckling, Lin Jong and Shane Biggs out of contract at the end of the season.